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Johnny's Tavern, Amherst, MA

Johnny's Tavern

4.6
4.6
877 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Johnny’s Tavern in Amherst manages to provide a mixed ambiance of classy, laidback charm and décor. The dining room provides a nice atmosphere for a date night or a group of friends. Even a rather large group can sit comfortably in the expansive dining area. The bar features televisions where you can catch your favorite sporting events while dining on your food.

The food at Johnny’s Tavern is delicious and always well-prepared. Meals are cooked to order to ensure that diners with various dining preferences can all come in and enjoy a meal. If you are looking for some recommendations, you should try the truffle fries, brussels sprouts, burgers or the house made gnocchi. Stop in at Johnny’s Tavern to see what other amazing food options are available on the menu.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (413) 230-3818
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Eli Kozukhin
  • Neighborhood
    Amherst
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 877 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central and Western MA

    Good for groups

  • Central and Western MA

    Hot spot

  • Central and Western MA

    Lively

  • Western MA

    Best Overall

  • Western MA

    Best Service

  • Western MA

    Best Value

  • Western MA

    Good for business meals

  • Western MA

    Innovative

  • Western MA

    Good for groups

  • Western MA

    Hot spot

  • Western MA

    Neighborhood gem

  • Western MA

    Lively

  • Western MA

    Most Booked

877 Reviews
  1. ColleenM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service. Glad I had a reservation!

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  2. JenaM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. We always enjoy dining here. Parking can be a challenge and some menu items are pricey

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun and tasty spot for dinner! Delicious food , excellent service and yummy cocktails.

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  4. GinaR

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Denise our server was OUTSTANDING, never missed a beat… I’d return just for her.

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  5. Pete

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food everytime we come to town to visit our son at Umass. Thank you!

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  6. KimberlyM

    Massachusetts

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My meal was small, but expensive. Skimped on meat and only gave asparagus stalk, no tips.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pasta special (sacchette), service was excellent, and fun, upbeat vibe

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  8. annj

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fabulous, friendly and very professional.

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  9. Vavalee

    Greater Boston

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice space right in downtown Amherst. Filled up early on a Sunday for lunch. Decent menu choices. Food was good, but nothing wowed us. Generous servings. Friendly waitstaff. Would definitely go back. Parking lot was full.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was top notch, great menu, excellent wine and drinks. Unfortunately we were sat in the back room with two large parties and it was so loud, not only could I not hear my friends I was with but it felt like a total sensory overload. Our waitress was kind and attentive but the food and any drinks took a long time to come out. Maybe it was just an off night.

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  11. NancyB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both fantastic! Will definitely be back.

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  12. AlexandraP

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good vibes and great food. Perfect location to take our niece and nephew you attend UMass.

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  13. DrJudy

    Greater Boston

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Joey was our server and was attentive to us. There was a slight snafu in our drink order, which was quickly rectified - thank you. We had salads with salmon, which we requested to be cooked through and they were. They were a tad over-salted for our tastes, so we know next time to request less salt. Overall, another great experience at one of our favorite restaurants!

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  14. NicoleF

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service with great food. A little pricey, but worth it. Great for date night. Wrote a very sweet happy birthday message on my take out container!

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  15. Rose

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Our son is in college there and we stopped by with family members one weekend. The food was simply sublime. The service staff was attentive and with a very positive attitude. The salmon, mussels, steak, burger, etc. were among the best food we have eaten in a while and we live in New York City with no shortage of excellent culinary options! We'll be back!!

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  16. RonnieJames

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our 3rd time there and it's a fun place with a pub vibe but once again the food was a disappointment. Seems to be a staple in Amherst as it was very full (and loud). We were seated right away and the service was very good; although the place was packed they came over frequently and were working hard to serve everyone, so props to the staff. The soup and calamari were good. I had a chopped caesar salad with grilled chicken and it was like something you'd get on a bargain airline with cold tasteless chicken. I ate what I could and enjoyed the rest of the meal and family time together. The burgers going by looked good but last time I was there I ordered a burger medium well and after a 30+ minute wait got a rare burger but again, ate what I could since we had tickets to a game and couldn't wait longer. The place is friendly with hard working staff but this is the 3rd (and last) time since the food consistently disappoints.

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  17. BillC

    Massachusetts

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mushroom confit was so over salted could not eat. Always get a Absolute martini. Alas, you no longer stock. Pasta doughy in the Chicken pesto rigati and riccota was completely unsalted. No salt pepper on table. Wait staff was fine but so swamped never really saw him. Never offered to take confit off the bill. Usually love coming here. Last night was a bust.

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  18. Cath

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks. Nice atmosphere and service was very good

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  19. DrJudy

    Greater Boston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a super busy night with families bringing their students back to UMass for the spring semester. The staff were on their game! We were warmly greeted and our request for a booth was honored. Curtis was our server and was pleasant and professional - he has a great sense of humor and was unflappable in the face of a very busy night! The food was served promptly and prepared to our liking. Kudos to the very busy kitchen staff!

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  20. JaneC

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay but drinks were very expensive. Service was very good.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First time customers. I ordered the special, which was a steak tip pasta dish. The steak tips were dry and overcooked. Not overly tough, but more like the consistency of liver. I don’t have particularly high standards, so for me to notice means it was not good. The sauce was bland. We’d give it a second shot, but only with encouragement from someone we know who says we hit this place on a bad day.

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  22. DianaC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of choices on this menu. Everything was well-prepared and delicious. Brussel sprout app, fish and chips, kale Caesar salad, and rare tuna sandwich: all perfect! We’ll be back, there’s so many things I’d like to try on this menu.

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  23. BuffaloRoam

    Greater Boston

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Justine was our server and did a great job! Mushroom soup is soooo good! Gnocchi is awesome.. music was a little too loud.. was our only complaint

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  24. KathrynL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved sitting in the bar area and really enjoyed the food! We had fish and chips, a simple salad, and the tavern burger and everything was excellent! The hostesses and servers are truly the best!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The venison osso bucco was mind-blowing. It was a bit noisier than usual, but the martinis were dry and the service prompt and friendly.

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  26. Jaxon

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superlatives all around. Everything about this dinner was perfect, from the thoroughly attentive staff, to the perfectly executed food.

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  27. AmandaW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great spot! Amazing food and drinks. Clean and classy

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! We had cream of mushroom soup, potstickers, homemade pasta and salmon. Everything was fresh and delicious!

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  29. KarenH

    Massachusetts

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks are always delicious. Great atmosphere and service.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chicken pesto rigati was good but would have been much better without all the oil

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  31. KatGS

    Caribbean

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. I would love it if they would bring back the Pear and Pomegranate Margarita. It was amazing!

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  32. DrJudy

    Greater Boston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are “regulars” at Johnny’s and went out for our anniversary dinner. Our table was set with an anniversary greeting and 2 glasses of sparkling rose! So sweet! Marina was our server and was friendly, professional, and checked in on us to ensure we were doing well. Our dinners were prepared perfectly. Thank you for a special evening!
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thanks for celebrating your special night with us! We'll see you soon!

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  33. KathrynL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Cozy ambience, with good pub food and very friendly service. We thought our waitress was very accommodating and sweet - the decor in general seems a little bit tired and in need of a refresh. There’s great variety in food options - still, felt a little stuffy for my taste. Fish and chips are excellent, as is the burger. I prefer other places for cocktails
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thanks for your feedback! Our casual tavern atmosphere is intended to be lively and welcoming; we're glad you felt that! We are known for our cocktails, so I am surprised and disappointed that you did not enjoy yours. We hope to see you again soon!

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  34. AdamL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good and cozy. Excellent service. Nice that they split the entree and everything was perfect.
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 29, 2023
    Thanks for your kindness! We hope to see you again soon!

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  35. GaryB

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was terrible! When they gave me a steak knife for my osso buco, I should have suspected things were going downhill. My wife and I both had broccolini, which was horribly undercooked, basically raw. My osso buco was tough. My wife's halibut was dry and inedible. The service was also below par. Initially friendly, but after our main courses were served they ignored us. There was a cold draft in the building that they couldn't figure out how to stop. And the prices were high. I noticed that draft beer pints were priced a few dollars more than other places we have been in the area. Overall an extremely bad experience, and one that we won't ever repeat. I would advise anyone to avoid this place!
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 28, 2023
    I'm so sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with us. It sounds like we had an off night. If you call the restaurant, I'd love to see if there's some way that you would give us another chance to do what we usually do well. 413-253-8000 My name is Karen, and I am the General Manager.

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  36. DrJudy

    Greater Boston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were warmly welcomed by the staff. Denise was our server and did a great job with some assistance by Bridget. We enjoyed a visit by Santa and his Oompa band of 2 accordions and a euphonium - a fun surprise!

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  37. DavidM

    Massachusetts

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Dinner was great. Desert (cake) not so great. Dry, frosting was hard and tasted old like odors from a fridge. No amount of whipped cream could help. Background noise was average for a busy dining room but music choice was annoying and too loud!
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 29, 2023
    We are so sorry that you did not enjoy your dessert. Did you let the server know? We are happy to change to another item or take the dessert off if you don't care for it for any reason. We do try to keep the atmosphere lively at the Tavern. The week before Christmas, we were likely playing holiday music, which does get annoying sometimes. We hope to see you again soon!

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  38. TraciH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. French onion soup was delicious. The fried chicken sandwich was the best I’ve ever had! It was decorated for the holiday very nice too! Good service

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The onion soup was disappointing. The onions were undercooked! We’ve enjoyed it more in the past. The arugula salad with grilled chicken was just ok. I probably wouldn’t order it again. Our waitress was great and the ambience was spot on.
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 13, 2023
    I am so sorry that your last visit left you underwhelmed. On your next visit, please let us know if anything is not to your liking. We will do our best to make it right!

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  40. donald

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here many times and it is always excellent. Great food, service, and drinks at a reasonable price. Hard to find elsewhere.
    Johnny's TavernResponded on December 13, 2023
    Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Johnny's Tavern using the Order Online button. Johnny's Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (413) 230-3818.

Johnny's Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 877 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Johnny's Tavern

30 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Amherst
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Eli Kozukhin
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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